CHICO, Calif. - There has been a spike in calls locally to a risis center in Chico, following yesterday's senate hearing.
The Rape Crisis Intervention Center in Chico has been experiencing an increase in calls for days from victims of sexual assault coming forward.
"Safety in numbers," said Rocky Cruz, Assistant Director of the Rape Crisis Intervention Center.
She said more people are calling and coming forward.
Cruz said they've been receiving calls even before the Kavanaugh hearing.
"Even before the hearing so as soon as everyone started knowing... as soon as everyone was talking about it as soon as it was on facebook little blips here little blips there calls started coming in you know and we just started getting busier and busier," Cruz said.
The crisis center takes care of 6,000 square miles... including Butte, Glenn and Tehama county.
"We have to just make a sacred safe place for people that it's happened to people that it hasn't happened to and people who want to do something about it," Cruz said.
I spoke with One Safe Place Crisis Intervention Center in Redding and they said they've been experiencing a spike calls specifically today.
And as for Chico State University... students have been coming forward more recently to their on campus Safe Place Advocacy Center.
"I can say that I've been very busy today, it has been triggering students I've talked to a lot of students about just how this has impacted them, how they're feeling in terms of them possibly coming forward or not coming forward," Alix MacDonald, Safe Place Advocate Administator said.
MacDonald explained more on the premise of their crisis program,
"The purpose is to really meet people where they're at so the job isn't to convince to report or tell them what to do but its to provide someone of their options and to empower them to make that decision for themselves," MacDonald said.
Chico crisis center had some words to share for those thinking of coming forward.
"We want people to know that they may have been alone when this crime happened to them, they do not have to be alone as they heal from it," Cruz said.
The Rape Crisis Intervention Center in Chico has a 24-hour crisis line: 3-4-2- RAPE... and if you're scared to take your first step in healing, Cruz said this is the best way to start.
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